Who's got time for a description! Here are the links!
http://LLAMAJOHN.COM - Help out for John's birthday (and help developing economies).

DFTBA Back to School Sale - http://dftba.com/artist/30/Vlogbrothers

Frankenstein MD (first three episodes): http://pbly.co/FMDep1

Season Finale of Emma Approved: https://www.youtube.com/user/PemberleyDigital

20% OFF (almost) ALL POSTERS - http://dftba.com/category/19/Posters

Kidney Video Contest - http://www.dannyweinkauf.com/#!kid-vid-contest/c1f3p

Nerdfighter Online Video Workshop! - http://edwardspoonhands.com/post/95479820530/the-nerdfighter-online-video-workshop

SciShow: http://www.youtube.com/scishow

SciShow Space: http://www.youtube.com/scishowspace

Crash Course: http://www.youtube.com/crashcourse

Donate to the ALSA! I did! http://www.alsa.org/donate/

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In which John Green visits rural health care centers in Ethiopia with Bill Gates and Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman and learns about how Ethiopians are working to improve health outcomes with minimal resources.

The Gates Foundation: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/
The Last 10K Project, which works to improve health care in rural Ethiopia: http://l10k.jsi.com/

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The Bizarre State of Copyright

by on August 15, 2014

In which Hank discusses what intellectual property is, and how copyright is increasingly being policed by dumb robots that don't have very much to do with the law, but have everything to do with it just being REALLY COMPLICATED and there being terrifyingly massive amounts of media to regulate.

What to do about copyright claims: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM9Z9us-urI

What is (and is not) Fair Use: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/

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EBOLA! (…meningitis)

by on August 12, 2014

In which John is diagnosed with ebola by the Internet but turns out to be suffering from viral meningitis. How should we imagine novel diseases and how should we combat them? And why do we only focus on diseases that we fear will affect "us"? How does the way we imagine "us" shape the way we respond to disease outbreaks? Questions like that are examined while meningitis headaches are lamented.

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Due to brain fog, I didn't explain any of the copyright stuff particularly well, but (in summation) a photographer is suing the Wikimedia Foundation (the people who create Wikipedia) for acting as if a photograph is in the public domain when he believes it is not. The only way to determine who is correct is to have a judge decide...that's how copyright law works, which is really weird.

I mean, the question also becomes, if I drop my camera and it takes a really great shot...do I own that picture or not, just because the force of gravity took it.

Also, I'm curious whether the work of a non-human owned by a human (like a dog) would pass to that human. Just like something created by a piece of computer software would be owned by the person who owns the software. It doesn't change this case because no one owns that monkey.

ANYHOW! Feel better John, and let's hope Calvin Harris doesn't sue us :-)

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Due to brain fog, I didn't explain any of the copyright stuff particularly well, but (in summation) a photographer is suing the Wikimedia Foundation (the people who create Wikipedia) for acting as if a photograph is in the public domain when he believes it is not. The only way to determine who is correct is to have a judge decide...that's how copyright law works, which is really weird.

I mean, the question also becomes, if I drop my camera and it takes a really great shot...do I own that picture or not, just because the force of gravity took it.

Also, I'm curious whether the work of a non-human owned by a human (like a dog) would pass to that human. Just like something created by a piece of computer software would be owned by the person who owns the software. It doesn't change this case because no one owns that monkey.

ANYHOW! Feel better John, and let's hope Calvin Harris doesn't sue us :-)

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Happy Esther Day!

by on August 3, 2014

Today is the day to tell someone you love them...even if it's hard...especially if it's hard.

You can support This Star Won't Go Out, the charity created by Esther's family in her memory, at http://www.tswgo.org or by buying TSWGO stuff: http://dftba.com/artist/58/This-Star-... (All proceeds to go to the foundation.)

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In which Hank is Punished by sharing the science of pain while he experiences various forms of pain.

If you're wondering, the most painful thing I did, oddly enough, was the brain freeze. I think I pushed it past the place where you would normally get a brain freeze by a couple of slurpee sips and that caused a really significant ouch.

Second most painful was the funny bone....then the muscle stress.

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In which John discusses his visit to the Yekatit 12 hospital's NICU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the extraordinary neonatologist there, Dr. Mulualem Gessesse, who has saved the lives of thousands of children.

Kangaroo Mother Care is made possible at Yekatit 12 in part by Save the Children: http://savethechildren.org

The Gates Foundation, which does so much important work around the world including Ethiopia: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/

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This was a somewhat challenging topic to take on in four minutes, so here's a little more explanation.

I'm not saying that we don't know things...we know lots of things. But particularly when it comes to social and cultural and economic stuff, we really don't. It's so hard to run experiments on the real world, that we tend to do the studies and then no one changes their mind and everyone explains the data in a different way.

But you can run the "Harry Potter" experiment again with different inputs because "Harry Potter" can only happen once.

Of course, there are people who are much better at guessing than other people because they know much more about the situations. People who understand, at least, what is and is not possible (which is an excellent place to start if you're trying to, say, create an independent Palestinian state.)

Same goes for running a business...you will never take the most successful course, because there are infinite courses and only one maximum one. But some people are very good at finding good courses because they understand their customers and their markets and their employees and have fairly accurate constructions of reality as it relates to their business.

But the idea that it is the responsibility of every person to have an opinion on everything that matters...and then cling to that opinion as an important part of their identity, sucks. I don't like it.

I would rather we discuss these things in terms of values, which is really where our opinions tend to arise from anyhow. So when asked "how do we create more jobs in America" we don't really try to answer that question. We try to answer the question "How do we create more jobs in America while promoting our own personal values?"

For things like "How do you end a war" or "How do you feed hungry people" or "How do you eliminate poverty?" I'm going to admit straight up that I don't know...and defer to the experts because they know a heck of a lot more than me. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. So, yay, I DON'T KNOW!!!

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